By Andy Mabbett (
Special Report: Upcoming Events
Wikidata Tour Down Under
Andy Mabbett is in Australia in September and early October 2018, talking about Wikidata and WikiCite, as well as their sister projects, and how they impact GLAMs, and Open Science, as well as explaining how institutions can work with the community of volunteers who maintain those projects, to mutual benefit.
We hope to see those of you in Australia at one of the events listed at Wikidata Tour Down Under (2018)
For an idea of what to expect, see the report from Andy's February 2016 visit.
Applications to attend WikiCite 2018 in Berkeley, California (including travel funding requests) are now open, including the opportunity for would- be speakers to pitch sessions.
PIDapalooza is a conference about Permanent IDentfers, with a strong Wikidata component. Registration for #PIDapalooza19 in Dublin, Ireland, January 23-24, is now open. A call for pers/ presentations wil follow shortly
Further reading, listening and viewing
- Machine-Generated Knowledge Bases - harvesting tuples from news and scholarly corpora and releasing them as open data
- During Wikimania 2018, 25 people attended to a workshop about Lexicographical data. The results of this experience and the related tickets are summarized here.
- The rise of Wikidata as a linked data source, by Karen Smith-Yoshimura on the OCLC Research blog
- A global collection of astrolabes in linked open data, by Martin Poulter, University of Oxford. With the Museum of the History of Science which is part of the university, Martin is exploring a possible "Sum of all Astrolabes" project. This post is to promote the idea to researchers and GLAM staff.
- Where do Mayors Come From: Querying Wikidata with Python and SPARQL, by Nikolai Janakiev
- Design Challenges in Named Entity Transliteration - a paper discussing "fundamental design challenges that impact the development of a multilingual state-of-the-art named entity transliteration system", with reference to Wikidata
- Underwater Basket Weaving: Russian Writers and Their Professions According to Wikidata, by Galina Ryazanskaya, Alena Shchevyeva and Maria Suvorova
- Strategic inclusion of library data from Sweden into Wikidata (also in Swedish)
- Old but gold, three articles by Denny about design decisions that were made for Wikidata: Restricting the world, On truth and lies, A categorical imperative?
See more Press, articles, blog posts
- Wikibase quality constraints are now loaded into the Query Service and can be queried. Queries on property talk pages have been adapted.
- Wikidata Toolkit 0.9 has been released
- Sitelinks for the new Santali Wikipedia (satwiki) can be added. Links to the new Chinese Wikiversity (zhwikiversity) can be made
- Wikidata Extractor: A tool to extract Wikidata IDs from OpenStreetMap, given an Overpass Turbo query
- d:Wikidata:ScienceSource focus list/Main subject needed, ListeriaBot-generated workflow for main subject (P921)
- Wikidata Shape Expressions Inference tool announced
- New version of JsonDumpReader, a tool for using JSON dumps from Wikidata or other Wikibase instances
- It's possible to add somevalue and novalue using QuickStatements, and to use the tool on test.wikidata.org as well.
- More properties can be searched using haswbstatement. This includes all properties with "external identifier", "string", "item", "property", "lexeme", "form" and "sense" datatypes, except published in (P1433) and cites (P2860). In addition you may make queries without a specified value.
- The page creation and edit rate limit imposed in April will be removed in the next days. However, users who are not bots or administrators are throttled to 90 edits per minute (which was set up on all Wikimedia wikis in May).
- These new languages are now supported for monolingual text strings: mid, mnw, gmy, rar, haz, uga. The language doesn't show up in the suggester, but you can save the statement and it will be stored properly.
- Gender gap in Wikidata: the tool Denelezh will be closed on October 31st
You can see all open tickets related to Wikidata here.
You are invited to comment on all open property proposals.
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